Sunderland schoolboy lucky to be alive after being hit by car

Seven-year-old Lennon Campbell recovering in Sunderland Royal Hospital after suffering two broken legs from being knocked down by a car.

Seven-year-old Lennon Campbell recovering in Sunderland Royal Hospital after suffering two broken legs from being knocked down by a car.

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LYING in his hospital bed, Lennon Campbell is lucky to be alive.

His legs in plaster, the six-year-old is recovering after he was hit by a car.

The schoolboy was crossing Pallion Road, Sunderland, when he was hit, smashing his right leg in three places and seriously injuring both feet.

Medics claim if it had not been for the bike the six-year-old was pushing, which took the force of the smash, his injuries would have been much worse.

His mum Julie, 24, said: “I thought he was dead when I got the phone call.

“I was shopping on Chester Road, so I rushed over to the hospital and when I saw him I just crumpled to the floor crying.

“Lennon was in total shock. He was screaming and we couldn’t stop him from shaking, it was only when he got the gas and air that he calmed down.”

Lennon, of James William Street in the East End, fractured three bones in his right leg and received serious tissue damage to both feet.

The Hudson Road Primary School pupil has been told he may have to spend the next two weeks at Sunderland Royal Hospital as the swelling in his feet has sparked concern as it is not yet going down.

Julie, who has been at Lennon’s bedside since the accident on Saturday afternoon, said: “He’s in a lot of pain and is taking a lot of painkillers.

“He’s been crying throughout the last few nights in agony and is getting really restless, it’s been horrible and we’ve all been really upset about it.”

Avid black Cats fan Lennon is also devastated as he will be missing his team take on Fulham at the Stadium of Light after securing free tickets as part of the Family Learning Project.

Julie, also mum to Harvey, four, and Sophie, three, said: “He’s absolutely football mad and loves Sunderland.

“He plays a lot of football and is really good, a little star, so we hope there won’t be any lasting damage but we don’t know yet.

“His favourite player is Stéphane Sessègnon and he was looking forward to seeing him play, he’s devastated to be missing the match.”

Lennon will also miss out on his starring role in the school play as Santa Claus.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a call at 12.38pm on Saturday to say a child had been hit by a car on Pallion Road.

“He suffered injuries to both feet and was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

“Police have carried out a full investigation.”

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